American baritone Lucas Meachem sings Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Marcello (La bohème) for The Royal Opera in the 2014/15 Season. Meachem made his Royal Opera debut in 2009 as Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), returning in 2012 to sing Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro).
Meachem grew up in South Central North Carolina, and developed an interest in singing through listening to recordings. He studied at Appalachian State University, then at Eastman School of Music and at Yale University’s Department of Music. He started his career in music theatre, moving into opera through young artist programmes with Central City Opera and San Francisco Opera. His breakthrough came when he sang Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride) for Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has since sung for all the USA’s leading opera houses, and for companies and houses including Vienna State Opera, Paris Opéra, Teatro Real, Madrid, and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse.
Meachem’s repertory includes Count Almaviva, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Wolfram von Eschenbach (Tannhäuser), Zurga (Les Pêcheurs de perles), Valentin (Faust), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), Eugene Onegin, Marcello, Frank/Fritz (Die tote Stadt), Billy Budd and Guillaume Tell. His concert repertory ranges from Bach’s St Matthew Passion to Orff’s Carmina Burana.
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26 January 2012
American baritone to sing role of Count Almaviva.